Thursday, January 5, 2012

First Aid in Homeopathy

Homeopathic Approach: Homeopathic medicines work by subtly stimulating the body’s natural defenses instead of fighting manifestations of a disease or health problem. A Homeopath recommends a treatment remedy based on each individual’s personal make up, and not just the presenting problem. This includes the individual’s unique physical, mental, and emotional characteristics. This is how the homeopathic approach differs from conventional medicine. Homeopathy treats the patient, not the disease.

History: Homeopathic remedies have been around for centuries. They have been proven to treat a wide range of ailments, many times more effectively than other medicines. Particularly successful have been remedies for pain, pediatric ear infections, influenza, fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, asthma, headaches and sinus problems. Homeopathic treatments have also proven very effective in treating depression, autism, ADD, and menopausal imbalances. There are even homeopathic veterinarians.

Cost: Homeopathic prescriptions are much less expensive than conventional medicine.

Popularity: As many as a quarter to a fifth of all Europeans use homeopathic medicines. And many European governments provide homeopathic treatment to their citizens, just as they do conventional medicine. Paul McCartney, Mother Theresa, Teresa Heinz Kerry, David Beckham, and Queen Elizabeth, have all publicly expressed their passion for homeopathic treatment. The Queen’s father, King George VI, even named one of his race horses �Hypericum, after the homeopathic remedy that cured his blood poisoning.

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Abbreviations Used By Homeopaths: Two abbreviations are used to describe a medicine’s strength or potency. In the United States, the decimal, or x, system is more popular. In Europe, homeopaths use the centisimal, or c, system.

Potency: In both systems, potency is expressed as a number followed by an x or c, such as 3x or 6c. A potency of 1 x means a 1: 10 dilution of the original substance, or one- tenth strength (mix 1 drop of the substance with 9 drops of the dilutant, commonly water or alcohol); 2x means 1: 100, 3x is 1: 1000 and so on. In other words, the number before the x in the decimal system equals the number of zeros in the dilution, so 6x indicates a dilution of 1 part in 1,000,000. A potency of 1c means a 1: 100 dilution. The number before the c means that there are 2 times the number of zeroes in the dilution. For example, 3c means a dilution of 1 part in 1,000,000. (whereas 3x means 1 part in 1,000).

A third scale called millesimal (M) scale is also used by homeopaths. This is denoted by a number followed by the letter M, such as 1M, 2M, etc. A potency of 1M means a dilution of 1 part in 1000. The number before M means that the dilution is 3 times this number. A potency of 2M means a dilution of 1 part in 1,000,000.

How Homeopathic Medicines are Prepared: Homeopathic medicines are not simply diluted. They are also shaken vigorously, or “potentized.” To make a 12x dilution, one drop of the mother tincture is added to 99 drops of the alcohol or water mix and the mixture is shaken vigorously. Then one drop from this mixture is mixed with 99 drops of the dilutant and the mixture is shaken vigorously. The resultant mixture has a dilution of 1 in 10,000 (or 4x). The process is repeated a total of 6 times to get a potency of 12x. Finally, these drops are added to tiny lactose (milk sugar tablets, pillules, granules, or powder and stored in dark colored bottle.

Homeopaths believe that shaking transfers the medicine’s essence to the water used to dilute it. This concept is important because solutions diluted beyond 24x (or 12c) may not contain even a single molecule of the original solution. Homeopaths believe that medicines become stronger as they become more dilute and that even when enormously diluted, the medicine’s “essence” or “energy” remains. Reference

Homoeopathy and Kidney stones: Relief without surgery. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis of symptoms presented in the sick person. Different individuals, suffering from the same disease, can display entirely different symptoms. At times, a patient may display certain symptoms that are not associated with kidney stones at all.

However, to make it easier to pinpoint the remedies that are most commonly used to treat a particular condition, the symptoms experienced by previous patients are grouped together in the homoeopathic repertory. Symptoms that are commonly experienced by patients who have kidney stones are listed along with the most commonly used medicines that would ease the symptoms.

Common utilized homoeopathic remedies for renal stones:
Aconite - Useful in the acute stage. Urine is scanty, and hot to feel. Urine is at times bloody. Patient perspires profusely. Complaints are aggravated by lying on painful side.

Arnica - Dark brick colored sediment in urine. Painful urination.

Belladonna - Useful remedy when urine is scanty, dark and cloudy, with lots of phosphate stones or when the region over bladder is sensitive. Also used in the treatment of blood in urine.

Berberis vulgaris - Used in the treatment of patients who complain of sensation of some urine remaining after urination, or in those whose urine contains mucus with sediments. Also used in the treatment of bubbling sensation in kidneys, pain in loins and thighs during urination, marked soreness in lumbar region. With pain radiating to the groin

Calcarea carbonicum - Used when patient complains of dark brown colored urine. Urine is often bloody or with white sediments.

Cantharis - This is used when symptoms come on with marked intensity and rapidity. Burning is a marked feature in this remedy. Whole of the urinary system seems to be in an inflammed state. Desire to defecate while urinating is also present.

Colocynthus - Intense burning along urethra when patient passes stools. Hard red crystals in urine, that sticks to vessel. Pain on urinating radiates all over abdomen. Pain is relieved by bending forward.

Nitric acid - Used for renal colic where pain is likened to that of splinters. Urine is scanty, dark and offensive. Typically, urine is strong smelling, like horse urine. At times urine is aluminous.

Lycopodium - Primarily useful in healing right sided complaints. Patient is emaciated from above downwards. The complaints seem to peculiarly aggravate between 4-8 P.M. There are many symptoms pointing to pathology in the kidney. Red sand appears copiously in urine in acute conditions. It is indicated for retention of urine.

Sarsaparilla - Very good remedy that helps during renal colic. Urine is scanty, sandy, often blood tinged. Urine dribbles on sitting. Renal colic in children can be treated with this remedy. Child screams in pain before urination, and there is sand in the child’s diaper. Pain radiates from right kidney into the flanks.

Conclusion: Although we live in an age when quick fixes are the order of the day, more and more people are testing the waters of complementary medicine. This is probably due to the increased awareness regarding the adverse side effects of the long-term use of conventional medicines. Homeopathy not only treats the symptoms of a disease but also tries to root out the underlying cause. Besides providing individualized treatment, this system of medicine has very little side effects and is entirely affordable by all. Reference

Homeopathic Remedies for First Aid Emergencies
by Erika Price, DHM

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